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THE Home Office signed up to a legally binding action plan today to address its failures to comply with the law during the Windrush scandal.
The initiative follows a ruling by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last November that ministers broke equality law when setting its “hostile environment” policy.
The policy, introduced by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home secretary, was intended to deter illegal immigrants from remaining in Britain.
It led to hundreds of members of the “Windrush generation” — who legally came to Britain from the Caribbean in the decades following the second world war — being wrongfully detained and denied their rights.
In agreeing the two-year improvement plan with the EHRC, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that she was determined to address past injustices.
Welcoming the agreement, EHRC chairwoman Baroness Falkner of Margravine said: “The experiences of the Windrush generation must never be repeated and must never be forgotten.
“They serve as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to equality laws, so that no-one has to suffer such unjust treatment."
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